Project Description

Learn how to assign keyboard shortcuts in Exposure for everything from creative edits, organizing images, transitioning between view options, and more.

Photo: Tony Sweet


Exposure’s configurable keyboard shortcuts are a great way to speed up your workflow. You can customize your own shortcuts for your editing, navigating, and organizing work. And if you’re migrating from Lightroom to Exposure, you can ease the transition by using Exposure’s Lightroom keyboard shortcut layout.

Let’s take a look at customizing our keyboard shortcuts.

On the Mac, select the Exposure menu, then Preferences. On the PC, select the Edit menu and choose Preferences.

In the Preferences dialog, click Shortcuts. All the actions that you can assign keyboard shortcuts to are listed.

Exposure groups them into four main categories:

  • Creative Editing
  • Navigating
  • Organizing
  • Tools

To assign new shortcuts for an action, or change existing shortcuts, double-click on an action from the list. I’ll create a custom shortcut for the Rename action, which is located in the Tools category.

I’ll double click it to bring up the dialog for the Rename action.

I’ll type ⌘+R (Ctrl+R on Windows) to create my custom keyboard shortcut. Clicking Add and OK adds it as a new keyboard shortcut, and I can see it in my list.

Exposure enables you to create multiple keyboard shortcuts for an action.
 I’ll create a second one for the Rename action. 
My first choice of Shift+R is already in use, and Exposure tells me so, informing me that I am about to create a duplicate shortcut. To avoid this, I’ll assign Ctrl+Shift+R instead.

Both shortcuts now appear for the Rename action.

Arrow icons to the right of each keyboard shortcut enable you to assign the shortcut that will appear in the tooltips text. This is the text that appears over that part of the user interface when you hover your mouse over it. The top shortcut is what will appear in Exposure’s hover text.

To delete a shortcut, double-click the action and click the trashcan icon next to it. 
 I’ll delete the shortcut I just added to the rename action.
 To reset a custom shortcut to its default, just click Reset.

You can save all of your shortcuts as a custom preset. After you’ve set up your keyboard commands, we recommend doing so. Click the gear icon and choose Save as New Preset.

In the Edit Preset dialog, name the preset, assign it a category name if you wish, enter any descriptive text if needed, then click OK. To reset all the shortcuts to default, click the gear icon and then select the Default layout.

To quickly find an action and its assigned shortcut keys, type it into the Search field.
 You can also print out a list of your shortcut commands, which can be helpful to have as a reference. Just click on the printer icon.

For those of you who are migrating from Lightroom to Exposure, Exposure features a Lightroom Compatibility keyboard shortcut layout if you want to keep using the same shortcut keys as you have used in Lightroom.
 The keyboard shortcuts now match those in Lightroom.

This layout even includes the keyboard commands to adjust sliders on the basic panel. Change the slider focus with the ‘.’ and ‘,’ keys. Then use the + and -- keys to increase and decrease the focused slider